If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

by Tori Sampson

NY Times Critics Pick

"Ms. Gardiner’s well-acted and swift-moving production...speeds the cast from scene to scene, providing only as much visual information as necessary. [...] Ms. Gardiner works wonders with just scarves and bodies and the simplest of stage tricks."
-New York Times

” 4 STARS. Leah C. Gardiner’s vivid production at Playwrights Horizons is notable for its balance and propulsion. The cast is excellent... If Pretty Hurts is both exciting and crushing… That’s the combined effect of the music, the production and Sampson’s play: It's the feeling of being barraged by talent, all of it at full flood.”
- Time Out

”5 STARS. Kudos to director Leah C. Gardiner... her direction brings a vitality to the tale that adds vibrancy and poetry to the actors' motions as well as highlighting the story of the play in a poetic but fast-paced and direct way...bringing out the strong colors of the writing to make a good story great.”
- New York Theatre Guide

CHOREOGRAPHER Raja Feather Kelly
Louisa Thompson
LIGHTS Matt Frey
Dede Ayite
Ian Scot
HAIR & WIG DESIGN Cookie Jordan